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Psalm 101. Misericordiam et judicium.

MY song shall be of mercy and judgment; * unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.
    2 O let me have understanding * in the way of godliness!
    3 When wilt thou come unto me? * I will walk in my house with a perfect heart.
    4 I will take no wicked thing in hand; I hate the sins of unfaithfulness; * there shall no such cleave unto me.
    5 A froward heart shall depart from me; * I will not know a wicked person.
    6 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, * him will I destroy.

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    7 Whoso hath also a haughty look and a proud heart, * I will not suffer him.
    8 Mine eyes look upon such as are faithful in the land, * that they may dwell with me.
    9 Whoso leadeth a godly life, * he shall be my servant.
    10 There shall no deceitful person dwell in my house; * he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.
    11 I shall soon destroy all the ungodly that are in the land; * that I may root out all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.

The Twentieth Day.

Morning Prayer.

Psalm 102. Domine, exaudi.

HEAR my prayer, O LORD, * and let my crying come unto thee.
    2 Hide not thy face from me in the time of my trouble; * incline thine ear unto me when I call; O hear me, and that right soon.
    3 For my days are consumed away like smoke, * and my bones are burnt up as it were a firebrand.
    4 My heart is smitten down, and withered like grass; * so that I forget to eat my bread.
    5 For the voice of my groaning, * my bones will scarce cleave to my flesh.
    6 I am become like a pelican in the wilderness, * and like an owl that is in the desert.
    7 I have watched, and am even as it were a sparrow, * that sitteth alone upon the housetop.
    8 Mine enemies revile me all the day long; * and they that are mad upon me are sworn together against me.
    9 For I have eaten ashes as it were bread, * and mingled my drink with weeping;
    10 And that, because of thine indignation and wrath; * for thou hast taken me up, and cast me down.
    11 My days are gone like a shadow, * and I am withered like grass.
    12 But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever, * and thy remembrance throughout all generations.
    13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Sion; * for it is time that thou have mercy upon her, yea, the time is come.
    14 And why? thy servants think upon her stones, * and it pitieth them to see her in the dust.

    7 Who hath also a proud look and high stomach : ... until 1928.
    15 The nations1 shall fear thy Name, O LORD; * and all the kings of the earth thy majesty;
    16 When the LORD shall build up Sion, * and when his glory shall appear;
    17 When he turneth him unto the prayer of the poor destitute, * and despiseth not their desire.
    18 This shall be written for those that come after, * and the people which shall be born shall praise the LORD.
    19 For he hath looked down from his sanctuary; * out of the heaven did the LORD behold the earth;
1 heathen until 1928.
    20 That he might hear the mournings2 of such as are in captivity, * and deliver them that are appointed unto death;
    21 That they may declare the Name of the LORD in Sion, * and his worship at Jerusalem;
2 mourning 1793-1892

    22 When the peoples3 are gathered together, * and the kingdoms also, to serve the LORD.
    23 He brought down my strength in my journey, * and shortened my days.
    24 But I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of mine age; * as for thy years, they endure throughout all generations.
    25 Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth, * and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
    26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: * they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
    27 And as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed; * but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
    28 The children of thy servants shall continue, * and their seed shall stand fast in thy sight.

Psalm 103. Benedic, anima mea.

PRAISE the LORD, O my soul; * and all that is within me, praise his holy Name.
    2 Praise the LORD, O my soul, * and forget not all his benefits:
    3 Who forgiveth all thy sin, * and healeth all thine infirmities;
    4 Who saveth thy life from destruction, * and crowneth thee with mercy and loving-kindness;
    5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things, * making thee young and lusty as an eagle.
    6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment * for all them that are oppressed with wrong.
    7 He showed his ways unto Moses, * his works unto the children of Israel.
    8 The LORD is full of compassion and mercy, * long-suffering, and of great goodness.
    9 He will not alway be chiding; * neither keepeth he his anger for ever.
    10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; * nor rewarded us according to our wickednesses.
    11 For look how high the heaven is in comparison of the earth; * so great is his mercy also toward them that fear him.
    12 Look how wide also the east is from the west; * so far hath he set our sins from us.
    13 Yea, like as a father pitieth his own children; * even so is the LORD merciful unto them that fear him.
    14 For he knoweth whereof we are made; * he remembereth that we are but dust.
    15 The days of man are but as grass; * for he flourisheth as a flower of the field.
    16 For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone; * and the place thereof shall know it no more.
    17 But the merciful goodness of the LORD endureth for ever and ever upon them that fear him; * and his righteousness upon children's children;
    18 Even upon such as keep his covenant, * and think upon his commandments to do them.
    19 The LORD hath prepared his seat in heaven, * and his kingdom ruleth over all.

3 people until 1928.

    20 O praise the LORD, ye angels of his, ye that excel in strength; * ye that fulfil his commandment, and hearken unto the voice of his word1.
    21 O praise the LORD, all ye his hosts; * ye servants of his that do his pleasure.
    22 O speak good of the LORD, all ye works of his, in all places of his dominion: * praise thou the LORD, O my soul.

Evening Prayer.

Psalm 104. Benedic, anima mea.

PRAISE the LORD, O my soul: * O LORD my God, thou art become exceeding glorious; thou art clothed with majesty and honour.
    2 Thou deckest thyself with light as it were with a garment, * and spreadest out the heavens like a curtain.
    3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters, * and maketh the clouds his chariot, and walketh upon the wings of the wind.
    4 He maketh his angels winds, * and his ministers a flaming fire.
    5 He laid the foundations of the earth, * that it never should move at any time.
    6 Thou coveredst it with the deep like as with a garment; * the waters stand above the hills.
    7 At thy rebuke they flee; * at the voice of thy thunder they haste away.
    8 They go up as high as the hills, and down to the valleys beneath; * even unto the place which thou hast appointed for them.
    9 Thou hast set them their bounds, which they shall not pass, * neither turn again to cover the earth.
    10 He sendeth the springs into the rivers, * which run among the hills.


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    11 All beasts1 of the field drink thereof, * and the wild asses quench their thirst.
    12 Beside them shall the fowls of the air have their habitation, * and sing among the branches.
    13 He watereth the hills from above; * the earth is filled with the fruit of thy works.
    14 He bringeth forth grass for the cattle, * and green herb for the service of men;
    15 That he may bring food out of the earth, and wine that maketh glad the heart of man; * and oil to make him a cheerful countenance, and bread to strengthen man's heart.
1 All the beasts 1822-1892
    16 The trees of the LORD also are full of sap; * even the cedars of Lebanon2 which he hath planted;
    17 Wherein the birds make their nests; * and the fir-trees are a dwelling for the stork.
    18 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats; * and so are the stony rocks for the conies.
    19 He appointed the moon for certain seasons, * and the sun knoweth his going down.
2 Libanus until 1928.
    20 Thou makest darkness that it may be night; * wherein all the beasts of the forest3 do move.
    21 The lions, roaring after their prey, * do seek their meat from God.
    22 The sun ariseth, and they get them away together, * and lay them down in their dens.
    23 Man goeth forth to his work, and to his labour, * until the evening.
    24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! * in wisdom hast thou made them all; the earth is full of thy riches.
    25 So is the great and wide sea also; * wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
    26 There go the ships, and there is that leviathan, * whom thou hast made to take his pastime therein.
    27 These wait all upon thee, * that thou mayest give them meat in due season.
    28 When thou givest it them, they gather it; * and when thou openest thy hand, they are filled with good.
    29 When thou hidest thy face, they are troubled: * when thou takest away their breath, they die, and are turned again to their dust.
    30 When thou lettest thy breath go forth, they shall be made; * and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
    31 The glorious majesty of the LORD shall endure for ever; * the LORD shall rejoice in his works.
    32 The earth shall tremble at the look of him; * if he do but touch the hills, they shall smoke.
    33 I will sing unto the LORD as long as I live; * I will praise my God while I have my being.
    34 And so shall my words please him: * my joy shall be in the LORD.
3 forests 1845-1871

    35 As for sinners, they shall be consumed out of the earth, * and the ungodly shall come to an end.
    36 Praise thou the LORD, O my soul. * Praise the LORD.

The Twenty-first Day.

Morning Prayer.

Psalm 105. Confitemini Domino.

GIVE thanks unto the LORD, and call upon his Name; * tell the people what things he hath done.
    2 O let your songs be of him, and praise him; * and let your talking be of all his wondrous works.
    3 Rejoice in his holy Name; * let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
    4 Seek the LORD and his strength; * seek his face evermore.
    5 Remember the marvellous works that he hath done; * his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
    6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, * ye children of Jacob his chosen.
    7 He is the LORD our God; * his judgments are in all the world.
    8 He hath been alway mindful of his covenant and promise, * that he made to a thousand generations;
    9 Even the covenant that he made with Abraham; * and the oath that he sware unto Isaac;
    10 And appointed the same unto Jacob for a law, * and to Israel for an everlasting testament;
    11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, * the lot of your inheritance:
    12 When there were yet but a few of them, * and they strangers in the land;
    13 What time as they went from one nation to another, * from one kingdom to another people;
    14 He suffered no man to do them wrong, * but reproved even kings for their sakes;
    15 Touch not mine anointed, * and do my prophets no harm.
    16 Moreover, he called for a dearth upon the land, * and destroyed all the provision of bread.
    17 But he had sent a man before them, * even Joseph, who was sold to be a bond-servant;
    18 Whose feet they hurt in the stocks; * the iron entered into his soul;
    19 Until the time came that his cause was known: * the word of the LORD tried him.
    20 The king sent, and delivered him; * the prince of the people let him go free.
    21 He made him lord also of his house, * and ruler of all his substance;
    22 That he might inform his princes after his will, * and teach his senators wisdom.
    23 Israel also came into Egypt, * and Jacob was a stranger in the land of Ham.
    24 And he increased his people exceedingly, * and made them stronger than their enemies;
    25 Whose heart turned so, that they hated his people, * and dealt untruly with his servants.
    26 Then sent he Moses his servant, * and Aaron whom he had chosen.
    27 And these showed his tokens among them, * and wonders in the land of Ham.
    28 He sent darkness, and it was dark; * and they were not obedient unto his word.
    29 He turned their waters into blood, * and slew their fish.
    30 Their land brought forth frogs; * yea, even in their kings' chambers.
    31 He spake the word, and there came all manner of flies, * and lice in all their quarters.
    32 He gave them hailstones for rain; * and flames of fire in their land.
    33 He smote their vines also and fig-trees; * and destroyed the trees that were in their coasts.
    34 He spake the word, and the grasshoppers came, and caterpillars innumerable, * and did eat up all the grass in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.
    35 He smote all the firstborn in their land; * even the chief of all their strength.
    36 He brought them forth also with silver and gold; * there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
    37 Egypt was glad at their departing; * for they were afraid of them.
    38 He spread out a cloud to be a covering, * and fire to give light in the night season.
    39 At their desire he brought quails; * and he filled them with the bread of heaven.
    40 He opened the rock of stone, and the waters flowed out, * so that rivers ran in the dry places.
    41 For why? he remembered his holy promise; * and Abraham his servant.
    42 And he brought forth his people with joy, * and his chosen with gladness;
    43 And gave them the lands of the heathen; * and they took the labours of the people in possession;
    44 That they might keep his statutes, * and observe his laws.

Evening Prayer.

Psalm 106. Confitemini Domino.

O GIVE thanks unto the LORD; for he is gracious, * and his mercy endureth for ever.
    2 Who can express the noble acts of the LORD, * or show forth all his praise?
    3 Blessed are they that alway keep judgment, * and do righteousness.
    4 Remember me, O LORD, according to the favour that thou bearest unto thy people; * O visit me with thy salvation;
    5 That I may see the felicity of thy chosen, * and rejoice in the gladness of thy people, and give thanks with thine inheritance.
    6 We have sinned with our fathers; * we have done amiss, and dealt wickedly.
    7 Our fathers regarded not thy wonders in Egypt, neither kept they thy great goodness in remembrance; * but were disobedient at the sea, even at the Red Sea.
    8 Nevertheless, he helped them for his Name's sake, * that he might make his power to be known.
    9 He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it was dried up; * so he led them through the deep, as through a wilderness.
    10 And he saved them from the adversary's hand, * and delivered them from the hand of the enemy.
    11 As for those that troubled them, the waters overwhelmed them; * there was not one of them left.
    12 Then believed they his words, * and sang praise unto him.
    13 But within a while they forgat his works, * and would not abide his counsel.
    14 But lust came upon them in the wilderness, * and they tempted God in the desert.
    15 And he gave them their desire, * and sent leanness withal into their soul.
    16 They angered Moses also in the tents, * and Aaron the saint of the LORD.
    17 So the earth opened, and swallowed up Dathan, * and covered the congregation of Abiram.
    18 And the fire was kindled in their company; * the flame burnt up the ungodly.
    19 They made a calf in Horeb, * and worshipped the molten image.
    20 Thus they turned their glory * into the similitude of a calf that eateth hay.
    21 And they forgat God their Saviour, * who had done so great things in Egypt;
    22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham; * and fearful things by the Red Sea.
    23 So he said he would have destroyed them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the gap, * to turn away his wrathful indignation, lest he should destroy them.
    24 Yea, they thought scorn of that pleasant land, * and gave no credence unto his word;
    25 But murmured in their tents, * and hearkened not unto the voice of the LORD.
    26 Then lift he up his hand against them, * to overthrow them in the wilderness;
    27 To cast out their seed among the nations, * and to scatter them in the lands.
    28 They joined themselves unto Baal-peor, * and ate the offerings of the dead.
    29 Thus they provoked him to anger with their own inventions; * and the plague was great among them.

    35. As for sinners, they shall be consumed out of the
earth, and the ungodly shall come to an end : praise
thou the LORD, O my soul, praise the LORD. until 1928

    30 Then stood up Phinehas, and interposed; * and so the plague ceased.
    31 And that was counted unto him for righteousness, * among all posterities for evermore.
    32 They angered him also at the waters of strife, * so that he punished Moses for their sakes;
    33 Because they provoked his spirit, * so that he spake unadvisedly with his lips.
    34 Neither destroyed they the heathen, * as the LORD commanded them;
    35 But were mingled among the heathen, * and learned their works.
    36 Insomuch that they worshipped their idols, which became a snare unto them; * yea, they offered their sons and their daughters unto devils;
    37 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, * whom they offered unto the idols of Canaan; and the land was defiled with blood.
    38 Thus were they stained with their own works, * and went a whoring with their own inventions.
    39 Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, * insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
    40 And he gave them over into the hand of the heathen; * and they that hated them were lords over them.
    41 Their enemies oppressed them, * and had them in subjection.
    42 Many a time did he deliver them; * but they rebelled against him with their own inventions, and were brought down in their wickedness.
    43 Nevertheless, when he saw their adversity, * he heard their complaint.
    44 He thought upon his covenant, and pitied them, according unto the multitude of his mercies; * yea, he made all those that led them away captive to pity them.
    45 Deliver us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the heathen; * that we may give thanks unto thy holy Name, and make our boast of thy praise.

    46 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, from everlasting, and world without end; * And let all the people say, Amen.


The Twenty-second Day.

Morning Prayer.

Psalm 107. Confitemini Domino.

O GIVE thanks unto the LORD, for he is gracious, * and his mercy endureth for ever.
    2 Let them give thanks whom the LORD hath redeemed, * and delivered from the hand of the enemy;
    3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west; * from the north, and from the south.
    4 They went astray in the wilderness out of the way, * and found no city to dwell in.
    5 Hungry and thirsty, * their soul fainted in them.
    6 So they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, * and he delivered them from their distress.
    7 He led them forth by the right way, * that they might go to the city where they dwelt.
    8 O that men would therefore praise the LORD for his goodness; * and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
    9 For he satisfieth the empty soul, * and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

    10 Such as sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death, * being fast bound in misery and iron;
    11 Because they rebelled against the words of the Lord, * and lightly regarded the counsel of the Most Highest;
    12 He also brought down their heart through heaviness: * they fell down, and there was none to help them.
    13 So when they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, * he delivered them out of their distress.
    14 For he brought them out of darkness, and out of the shadow of death, * and brake their bonds in sunder.
    15 O that men would therefore praise the LORD for his goodness; * and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men !
    16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, * and smitten the bars of iron in sunder.

    17 Foolish men are plagued for their offence, * and because of their wickedness.
    18 Their soul abhorred all manner of meat, * and they were even hard at death's door.
    19 So when they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, * he delivered them out of their distress.
    20 He sent his word, and healed them; * and they were saved from their destruction.
    21 O that men would therefore praise the LORD for his goodness; * and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men !
    22 That they would offer unto him the sacrifice of thanksgiving, * and tell out his works with gladness!
    23 They that go down to the sea in ships, * and occupy their business in great waters;
    24 These men see the works of the LORD, * and his wonders in the deep.
    25 For at his word the stormy wind ariseth, * which lifteth up the waves thereof.
    26 They are carried up to the heaven, and down again to the deep; * their soul melteth away because of the trouble.

    30 Then stood up Phinees, and prayed : ... until 1928

    27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, * and are at their wit's1 end.
    28 So when they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, * he delivereth them out of their distress.
    29 For he maketh the storm to cease, * so that the waves thereof are still.
    30 Then are they glad, because they are at rest; * and so he bringeth them unto the haven where they would be.
    31 O that men would therefore praise the LORD for his goodness; * and declare the wonders that he doeth for the children of men!
    32 That they would exalt him also in the congregation of the people, * and praise him in the seat of the elders!

    33 He turneth the floods into a wilderness, * and drieth up the water-springs.
    34 A fruitful land maketh he barren, * for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
    35 Again, he maketh the wilderness a standing water, * and water-springs of a dry ground.
    36 And there he setteth the hungry, * that they may build them a city to dwell in;
    37 That they may sow their land, and plant vineyards, * to yield them fruits of increase.
    38 He blesseth them, so that they multiply exceedingly; * and suffereth not their cattle to decrease.
    39 And again, when they are minished and brought low * through oppression, through any plague or trouble;
    40 Though he suffer them to be evil entreated through tyrants, * and let them wander out of the way in the wilderness;
    41 Yet helpeth he the poor out of misery, * and maketh him households like a flock of sheep.
    42 The righteous will consider this, and rejoice; * and the mouth of all wickedness shall be stopped.
    43 Whoso is wise, will ponder these things; * and they shall understand the loving-kindness of the LORD.

Evening Prayer.

Psalm 108. Paratum cor meum.

O GOD, my heart is ready, my heart is ready; * I will sing, and give praise with the best member that I have.
    2 Awake, thou lute and harp; * I myself will awake right early.

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    3 I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the peoples1; * I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.
    4 For thy mercy is greater than the heavens, * and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.
    5 Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens, * and thy glory above all the earth;
    6 That thy beloved may be delivered: * let thy right hand save them, and hear thou me.
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    7 God hath spoken in his holiness; * I will rejoice therefore, and divide Shechem2, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
    8 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; * Ephraim also is the strength of my head; Judah is my lawgiver;
    9 Moab is my wash-pot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; * upon Philistia will I triumph.
    10 Who will lead me into the strong city? * and who will bring me into Edom?
    11 Hast not thou forsaken us, O God? * and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts?
    12 O help us against the enemy: * for vain is the help of man.
    13 Through God we shall do great acts; * and it is he that shall tread down our enemies.

Psalm 109. Deus, laudem.

HOLD not thy tongue, O God of my praise; * for the mouth of the ungodly, yea, the mouth of the deceitful is opened upon me.
    2 And they have spoken against me with false tongues; * they compassed me about also with words of hatred, and fought against me without a cause.
    3 For the love that I had unto them, lo, they take now my contrary part; * but I give myself unto prayer.
    4 Thus have they rewarded me evil for good, * and hatred for my good will.

2 Sichem until 1928

    8. Gilead is mine, and Manasses is mine : Ephraim
also is the strength of my head.
    9. Judah is my law-giver, Moab is my wash-pot :
over Edom ... until 1928

    5 Set thou an ungodly man to be ruler over him, * and let an adversary stand at his right hand.
    6 When sentence is given upon him, let him be condemned; * and let his prayer be turned into sin.
    7 Let his days be few; * and let another take his office.
    8 Let his children be fatherless, * and his wife a widow.
    9 Let his children be vagabonds, and beg their bread; * let them seek it also out of desolate places.
    10 Let the extortioner consume all that he hath; * and let the stranger spoil his labour.
    11 Let there be no man to pity him, * nor to have compassion upon his fatherless children.
    12 Let his posterity be destroyed; * and in the next generation let his name be clean put out.
    13 Let the wickedness of his fathers be had in remembrance in the sight of the LORD; * and let not the sin of his mother be done away.
    14 Let them alway be before the LORD, * that he may root out the memorial of them from off the earth;
    15 And that, because his mind was not to do good; * but persecuted the poor helpless man, that he might slay him that was vexed at the heart.
    16 His delight was in cursing, and it shall happen unto him; * he loved not blessing, therefore shall it be far from him.
    17 He clothed himself with cursing like as with a raiment, * and it shall come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones.
    18 Let it be unto him as the cloak that he hath upon him, * and as the girdle that he is alway girded withal.
    19 Let it thus happen from the LORD unto mine enemies, * and to those that speak evil against my soul.

    20 But deal thou with me, O LORD God, according unto thy Name; * for sweet is thy mercy.
    21 O deliver me, for I am helpless and poor, ~ and my heart is wounded within me.
    22 I go hence like the shadow that departeth, * and am driven away as the grasshopper.
    23 My knees are weak through fasting; * my flesh is dried up for want of fatness.
    24 I am become also a reproach unto them: * they that look upon me shake their heads.
    25 Help me, O LORD my God; * O save me according to thy mercy;
    26 And they shall know how that this is thy hand, * and that thou, LORD, hast done it.
    27 Though they curse, yet bless thou; * and let them be confounded that rise up against me; but let thy servant rejoice.
    28 Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame; * and let them cover themselves with their own confusion, as with a cloak.
    29 As for me, I will give great thanks unto the LORD with my mouth, * and praise him among the multitude;
    30 For he shall stand at the right hand of the poor, * to save his soul from unrighteous judges.

The Twenty-third Day.

Morning Prayer.

Psalm 110. Dixit Dominus.

THE LORD said unto my Lord, * Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
    2 The LORD shall send the rod of thy power out of Sion: * be thou ruler, even in the midst among thine enemies.

    5 ... and let Satan stand at ... until 1928

    3 In the day of thy power shall thy1 people offer themselves willingly with an holy worship: * thy young men come to thee as dew from the womb of the morning.
    4 The LORD sware, and will not repent, * Thou art a Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
    5 The Lord upon thy right hand * shall wound even kings in the day of his wrath.
    6 He shall judge among the heathen; * he shall fill the places with the dead bodies, and smite in sunder the heads over divers countries.
    7 He shall drink of the brook in the way; * therefore shall he lift up his head.

Psalm 111. Confitebor tibi.

I WILL give thanks unto the LORD with my whole heart, * secretly among the faithful, and in the congregation.
    2 The works of the LORD are great, * sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
    3 His work is worthy to be praised and had in honour, * and his righteousness endureth for ever.
    4 The merciful and gracious LORD hath so done his marvellous works, * that they ought to be had in remembrance.
    5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him; * he shall ever be mindful of his covenant.
    6 He hath showed his people the power of his works, * that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
    7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; * all his commandments are true.
    8 They stand fast for ever and ever, * and are done in truth and equity.
    9 He sent redemption unto his people; * he hath commanded his covenant for ever; holy and reverend is his Name.

    3. In the day of thy power shall thy1 people offer thee free-will offerings with an holy worship : the dew of thy birth is of the womb of the morning. until 1928
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    10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; * a good understanding have all they that do thereafter; his praise endureth for ever.

Psalm 112. Beatus vir.

BLESSED is the man that feareth the LORD; * he hath great delight in his commandments.
    2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth; * the generation of the faithful shall be blessed.
    3 Riches and plenteousness shall be in his house; * and his righteousness endureth for ever.
    4 Unto the godly there ariseth up light in the darkness; * he is merciful, loving, and righteous.
    5 A good man is merciful, and lendeth; * and will guide his words with discretion.
    6 For he shall never be moved: * and the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.
    7 He will not be afraid of any evil tidings; * for his heart standeth fast, and believeth in the LORD.
    8 His heart is stablished, and will not shrink, * until he see his desire upon his enemies.
    9 He hath dispersed abroad, and given to the poor. * and his righteousness remaineth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
    10 The ungodly shall see it, and it shall grieve him; * he shall gnash with his teeth, and consume away; the desire of the ungodly shall perish.

Psalm 113. Laudate, pueri.

PRAISE the LORD, ye servants; * O praise the Name of the LORD.
    2 Blessed be the Name of the LORD * from this time forth for evermore.
    3 The LORD’S Name is praised * from the rising up of the sun unto the going down of the same.

    10 ... thereafter; the praise of it endureth for ever. until 1928

    4 The LORD is high above all nations1, * and his glory above the heavens.
    5 Who is like unto the LORD our God, that hath his dwelling so high, * and yet humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth!
    6 He taketh up the simple out of the dust, * and lifteth the poor out of the mire;
    7 That he may set him with the princes, * even with the princes of his people.
    8 He maketh the barren woman to keep house, * and to be a joyful mother of children.

Evening Prayer.

Psalm 114. In exitu Israel.

WHEN Israel came out of Egypt, * and the house of Jacob from among the strange people,
    2 Judah was his sanctuary, * and Israel his dominion.
    3 The sea saw that, and fled; * Jordan was driven back.
    4 The mountains skipped like rams, * and the little hills like young sheep.
    5 What aileth thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? * and thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?
    6 Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams? * and ye little hills, like young sheep?
    7 Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord: * at the presence of the God of Jacob;
    8 Who turned the hard rock into a standing water, * and the flint-stone into a springing well.

Psalm 115. Non nobis, Domine.

NOT unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy Name give the praise; * for thy loving mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.
    2 Wherefore shall the heathen say, * Where is now their God?
    3 As for our God, he is in heaven: * he hath done whatsoever pleased him.
    4 Their idols are silver and gold, * even the work of men’s hands.
    5 They have mouths, and speak not; * eyes have they, and see not.
    6 They have ears, and hear not; * noses have they, and smell not.
    7 They have hands, and handle not; feet have they, and walk not; * neither speak they through their throat.
    8 They that make them are like unto them; * and so are all such as put their trust in them.
    9 But thou, house of Israel, trust thou in the LORD; * he is their helper and defender.
    10 Ye house of Aaron, put your trust in the LORD; * he is their helper and defender.
    11 Ye that fear the LORD, put your trust in the LORD; * he is their helper and defender.
    12 The LORD hath been mindful of us, and he shall bless us; * even he shall bless the house of Israel, he shall bless the house of Aaron.
    13 He shall bless them that fear the LORD, * both small and great.
    14 The LORD shall increase you more and more, * you and your children.
    15 Ye are the blessed of the LORD, * who made heaven and earth.
    16 All the whole heavens are the LORD’S; * the earth hath he given to the children of men.
    17 The dead praise not thee, O LORD, * neither all they that go down into silence.
    18 But we will praise the LORD, * from this time forth for evermore. Praise the LORD.


 The Twenty-fourth Day.

Morning Prayer.

Psalm 116. Dilexi, quoniam.

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MY delight is in the LORD; * because he hath heard the voice of my prayer;
    2 Because he hath inclined his ear unto me; * therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
    3 The snares of death compassed me round about, * and the pains of hell gat hold upon me.
I AM well pleased : that the LORD hath heard the voice of my prayer;
    2. That he hath inclined ... until 1928
    4 I found trouble and heaviness; then called I upon the Name of the LORD; * O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
    5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; * yea, our God is merciful.
    6 The LORD preserveth the simple: * I was in misery, and he helped me.
    7 Turn again then unto thy rest, O my soul; * for the LORD hath rewarded thee.
    8 And why? thou hast delivered my soul from death, * mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
    9 I will walk before the LORD * in the land of the living.
    10 I believed, and therefore will I speak; but I was sore troubled: * I said in my haste, All men are liars.
    11 What reward shall I give unto the LORD * for all the benefits that he hath done unto me?
    12 I will receive the cup of salvation, * and call upon the Name of the LORD.
    13 I will pay my vows now in the presence of all his people: * right dear in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.
    4. I shall find trouble and heaviness, and I will call
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    14 Behold, O LORD, how that I am thy servant; * I am thy servant, and the son of thine1 handmaid; thou hast broken my bonds in sunder.
    15 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, * and will call upon the Name of the LORD.
    16 I will pay my vows unto the LORD, in the sight of all his people, * in the courts of the LORD’S house; even in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD.
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Psalm 117. Laudate Dominum.

O PRAISE the LORD, all ye nations1; * praise him, all ye peoples.
    2 For his merciful kindness is ever more and more toward2 us; * and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise the LORD.

Psalm 118. Confitemini Domino.

O GIVE thanks unto the LORD, for he is gracious; * because his mercy endureth for ever.
    2 Let Israel now confess that he is gracious, * and that his mercy endureth for ever.
    3 Let the house of Aaron now confess, * that his mercy endureth for ever.
    4 Yea, let them now that fear the LORD confess, * that his mercy endureth for ever.
    5 I called upon the LORD in trouble; * and the LORD heard me at large.
    6 The LORD is on my side; * I will not fear what man doeth unto me.
    7 The LORD taketh my part with them that help me; * therefore shall I see my desire upon mine enemies.
    8 It is better to trust in the LORD, * than to put any confidence in man.
    9 It is better to trust in the LORD, * than to put any confidence in princes.
    10 All nations compassed me round about; * but in the Name of the LORD will I destroy them.
    11 They kept me in on every side, they kept me in, I say, on every side; * but in the Name of the LORD will I destroy them.
    12 They came about me like bees, and are extinct even as the fire among the thorns; * for in the Name of the LORD I will destroy them.
    13 Thou hast thrust sore at me, that I might fall; * but the LORD was my help.
    14 The LORD is my strength, and my song; * and is become my salvation.
    15 The voice of joy and health is in the dwellings of the righteous; * the right hand of the LORD bringeth mighty things to pass.
    16 The right hand of the LORD hath the preeminence; * the right hand of the LORD bringeth mighty things to pass.
    17 I shall not die, but live, * and declare the works of the LORD.
    18 The LORD hath chastened and corrected me; * but he hath not given me over unto death.
    19 Open me the gates of righteousness, * that I may go into them, and give thanks unto the LORD.
    20 This is the gate of the LORD, * the righteous shall enter into it.
    21 I will thank thee; for thou hast heard me, * and art become my salvation.
    22 The same stone which the builders refused, * is become the head-stone in the corner.
    23 This is the LORD’S doing, * and it is marvellous in our eyes.
    24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; * we will rejoice and be glad in it.
    25 Help me now, O LORD: * O LORD, send us now prosperity.



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    26 Blessed be he that cometh in the Name of the LORD: * we have wished you good luck, we1 that are of the house of the LORD.
    27 God is the LORD, who hath showed us light: * bind the sacrifice with cords, yea, even unto the horns of the altar.
    28 Thou art my God, and I will thank thee; * thou art my God, and I will praise thee.
    29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is gracious, * and his mercy endureth for ever.

Evening Prayer.

Psalm 119. I. Beati immaculati.

BLESSED are those that are undefiled in the way, and walk in the law of the LORD.
    2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, * and seek him with their whole heart;

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    3 Even they who do no wickedness, * and walk in his ways.
    4 Thou hast charged * that we shall diligently keep thy commandments.
    5 O that my ways were made so direct, * that I might keep thy statutes!
    6 So shall I not be confounded, * while I have respect unto all thy commandments.
    7 I will thank thee with an unfeigned heart, * when I shall have learned the judgments of thy righteousness.
    3. For they who do no wickedness : walk in his ways. until 1928
8 I will keep thy statutes1; * O forsake me not utterly.

II. In quo corrigit?

WHEREWITHAL shall a young man cleanse his way? * even by ruling himself after thy word.
    10 With my whole heart have I sought thee; * O let me not go wrong out of thy commandments.

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    11 Thy word2 have I hid within my heart, * that I should not sin against thee.
    12 Blessed art thou, O LORD; * O teach me thy statutes.
    13 With my lips have I been telling * of all the judgments of thy mouth.
    14 I have had as great delight in the way of thy testimonies, * as in all manner of riches.
    15 I will talk of thy commandments, * and have respect unto thy ways.
    16 My delight shall be in thy statutes, * and I will not forget thy word.

III. Retribue servo tuo.

O DO well unto thy servant; * that I may live, and keep thy word.
    18 Open thou mine eyes; * that I may see the wondrous things of thy law.
    19 I am a stranger upon earth; * O hide not thy commandments from me.
    20 My soul breaketh out for the very fervent desire * that it hath alway unto thy judgments.
    21 Thou hast rebuked the proud; * and cursed are they that do err from thy commandments.
    22 O turn from me shame and rebuke; * for I have kept thy testimonies.
    23 Princes also did sit and speak against me; * but thy servant is occupied in thy statutes.
    24 For thy testimonies are my delight, * and my counsellors.

IV. Adhaesit pavimento.

MY soul cleaveth to the dust; * O quicken thou me, according to thy word.
    26 I have acknowledged my ways, and thou heardest me: * O teach me thy statutes.
    27 Make me to understand the way of thy commandments; * and so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
    28 My soul melteth away for very heaviness; * comfort thou me according unto thy word.
    29 Take from me the way of lying, * and cause thou me to make much of thy law.
    30 I have chosen the way of truth, * and thy judgments have I laid before me.
    31 I have stuck unto thy testimonies; * O LORD, confound me not.
    32 I will run the way of thy commandments, * when thou hast set my heart at liberty.

The Twenty-fifth Day.

Morning Prayer.

V. Legem pone.

TEACH me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes, * and I shall keep it unto the end.
    34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; * yea, I shall keep it with my whole heart.
    35 Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; * for therein is my desire.

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    36 Incline my3 heart unto thy testimonies, * and not to covetousness.
    37 O turn away mine eyes, lest they behold vanity; * and quicken thou me in thy way.
    38 O stablish thy word in thy servant, * that I may fear thee.
    39 Take away the rebuke that I am afraid of; * for thy judgments are good.
    40 Behold, my delight is in thy commandments; * O quicken me in thy righteousness.

VI. Et veniat super me.

LET thy loving mercy come also unto me, O LORD, * even thy salvation, according unto thy word.
    42 So shall I make answer unto my blasphemers; * for my trust is in thy word.
    43 O take not the word of thy truth utterly out of my mouth; * for my hope is in thy judgments.
    44 So shall I alway keep thy law; * yea, for ever and ever.
    45 And I will walk at liberty; * for I seek thy commandments.
    46 I will speak of thy testimonies also, even before kings, * and will not be ashamed.
    47 And my delight shall be in thy commandments, * which I have loved.
    48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; * and my study shall be in thy statutes.

VII. Memor esto verbi tui.

O THINK upon thy servant, as concerning thy word, * wherein thou hast caused me to put my trust.
    50 The same is my comfort in my trouble; * for thy word hath quickened me.
    51 The proud have had me exceedingly in derision; * yet have I not shrinked from thy law.
    52 For I remembered thine everlasting judgments, O LORD, * and received comfort.
    53 I am horribly afraid, * for the ungodly that forsake thy law.
    54 Thy statutes have been my songs, * in the house of my pilgrimage.
    55 I have thought upon thy Name, O LORD, in the night season, * and have kept thy law.
    56 This I had, * because I kept thy commandments.

VIII. Portio mea, Domine.

THOU art my portion, O LORD; * I have promised to keep thy law.
    58 I made my humble petition in thy presence with my whole heart; * O be merciful unto me, according to thy word.
    59 I called mine own ways to remembrance, * and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.
    60 I made haste, and prolonged not the time, * to keep thy commandments.

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    61 The snares of the ungodly have compassed me about; * but I have not forgotten thy law.
    62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee, * because of thy righteous judgments.
    63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, * and keep thy commandments.
    64 The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: * O teach me thy statutes.

IX. Bonitatem fecisti.

O LORD, thou hast dealt graciously with thy servant, * according unto thy word.

    61 The congregations of the ungodly have robbed me : but I ... until 1928
    66 O teach4 me true understanding and knowledge; * for I have believed thy commandments.
    67 Before I was troubled, I went wrong; * but now have I kept thy word.
    68 Thou art good and gracious; * O teach me thy statutes.
    69 The proud have imagined a lie against me; * but I will keep thy commandments with my whole heart.
    70 Their heart is as fat as brawn; * but my delight hath been in thy law.
    71 It is good for me that I have been in trouble; * that I may learn thy statutes.
    72 The law of thy mouth is dearer unto me * than thousands of gold and silver.

Evening Prayer.

X. Manus tuae fecerunt me.

THY hands have made me and fashioned me: * O give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
    74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; * because I have put my trust in thy word.
    75 I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, * and that thou of very faithfulness hast caused me to be troubled.
    76 O let thy merciful kindness be my comfort, * according to thy word unto thy servant.
    77 O let thy loving mercies come unto me, that I may live; * for thy law is my delight.
    78 Let the proud be confounded, for they go wickedly about to destroy me; * but I will be occupied in thy commandments.
    79 Let such as fear thee, and have known thy testimonies, * be turned unto me.
    80 O let my heart be sound in thy statutes, * that I be not ashamed.

XI. Defecit anima mea.

MY soul hath longed for thy salvation, * and I have a good hope because of thy word.
    82 Mine eyes long sore for thy word; * saying, O when wilt thou comfort me?
    83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; * yet do I not forget thy statutes.
    84 How many are the days of thy servant? * when wilt thou be avenged of them that persecute me?
    85 The proud have digged pits for me, * which are not after thy law.
    86 All thy commandments are true: * they persecute me falsely; O be thou my help.
    87 They had almost made an end of me upon earth; * but I forsook not thy commandments.
    88 O quicken me after thy loving-kindness; * and so shall I keep the testimonies of thy mouth.

XII. In aeternum, Domine.

O LORD, thy word * endureth for ever in heaven.
    90 Thy truth also remaineth from one generation to another; * thou hast laid the foundation of the earth, and it abideth.
    91 They continue this day according to thine ordinance; * for all things serve thee.
    92 If my delight had not been in thy law, * I should have perished in my trouble.
    93 I will never forget thy commandments; * for with them thou hast quickened me.
    94 I am thine: O save me, * for I have sought thy commandments.
    95 The ungodly laid wait for me, to destroy me; * but I will consider thy testimonies.
    96 I see that all things come to an end; * but thy commandment is exceeding broad.

XIII. Quomodo dilexi!

LORD, what love have I unto thy law! * all the day long is my study in it.
    98 Thou, through thy commandments, hast made me wiser than mine enemies; * for they are ever with me.
    99 I have more understanding than my teachers; * for thy testimonies are my study.
    100 I am wiser than the aged; * because I keep thy commandments.
    101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, * that I may keep thy word.
    102 I have not shrunk from thy judgments; * for thou teachest me.
    103 O how sweet are thy words unto my throat; * yea, sweeter than honey unto my mouth!
    104 Through thy commandments I get understanding: * therefore I hate all evil ways.

The Twenty-sixth Day.

Morning Prayer.

XIV. Lucerna pedibus meis.

THY word is a lantern unto my feet, * and a light unto my paths.
    106 I have sworn, and am stedfastly purposed, * to keep thy righteous judgments.
    107 I am troubled above measure: * quicken me, O LORD, according to thy word.
    108 Let the free-will offerings of my mouth please thee, O LORD; * and teach me thy judgments.
    109 My soul is alway in my hand; * yet do I not forget thy law.
    110 The ungodly have laid a snare for me; * but yet I swerved not from thy commandments.
    111 Thy testimonies have I claimed as mine heritage for ever; * and why? they are the very joy of my heart.
    112 I have applied my heart to fulfil thy statutes alway, * even unto the end.

XV. Iniquos odio habui.

I HATE them that imagine evil things; * but thy law do I love.
    114 Thou art my defence and shield; * and my trust is in thy word.
    115 Away from me, ye wicked; * I will keep the commandments of my God.
    116 O stablish me according to thy word, that I may live; * and let me not be disappointed of my hope.
    117 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe; * yea, my delight shall be ever in thy statutes.
    118 Thou hast trodden down all them that depart from thy statutes; * for they imagine but deceit.
    119 Thou puttest away all the ungodly of the earth like dross; * therefore I love thy testimonies.
    120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; * and I am afraid of thy judgments.

XVI. Feci judicium.

I DEAL with the thing that is lawful and right; * O give me not over unto mine oppressors.
    122 Make thou thy servant to delight in that which is good, * that the proud do me no wrong.
    123 Mine eyes are wasted away with looking for thy health, * and for the word of thy righteousness.
    124 O deal with thy servant according unto thy loving mercy, * and teach me thy statutes.
    125 I am thy servant; O grant me understanding, * that I may know thy testimonies.
    126 It is time for thee, LORD, to lay to thine hand; * for they have destroyed thy law.

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    127 For I love thy commandments * above gold and precious stones5.
    128 Therefore hold I straight all thy commandments; * and all false ways I utterly abhor.

XVII. Mirabilia.

THY testimonies are wonderful; * therefore doth my soul keep them.
    130 When thy word goeth forth, * it giveth light and understanding unto the simple.
    131 I opened my mouth, and drew in my breath; * for my delight was in thy commandments.
    132 O look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, * as thou usest to do unto those that love thy Name.
    133 Order my steps in thy word; * and so shall no wickedness have dominion over me.
    134 O deliver me from the wrongful dealings of men; * and so shall I keep thy commandments.
    135 Show the light of thy countenance upon thy servant, * and teach me thy statutes.
    136 Mine eyes gush out with water, * because men keep not thy law.

XVIII. Justus es, Domine.

RIGHTEOUS art thou, O LORD; * and true are thy judgments.
    138 The testimonies that thou hast commanded * are exceeding righteous and true.
    139 My zeal hath even consumed me; * because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
    140 Thy word is tried to the uttermost, * and thy servant loveth it.
    141 I am small and of no reputation; * yet do I not forget thy commandments.
    142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, * and thy law is the truth.
    143 Trouble and heaviness have taken hold upon me; * yet is my delight in thy commandments.
    144 The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: * O grant me understanding, and I shall live.

Evening Prayer.

XIX. Clamavi in toto corde meo.

I CALL with my whole heart; * hear me, O LORD; I will keep thy statutes.
    146 Yea, even unto thee do I call; * help me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
    147 Early in the morning do I cry unto thee; * for in thy word is my trust.

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    148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches; * that I might be occupied in thy word6.
    149 Hear my voice, O LORD, according unto thy lovingkindness; * quicken me, according to thy judgments.
    150 They draw nigh that of malice persecute me, * and are far from thy law.
    151 Be thou nigh at hand, O LORD; * for all thy commandments are true.
    152 As concerning thy testimonies, I have known long since, * that thou hast grounded them for ever.

XX. Vide humilitatem.

O CONSIDER mine adversity, and deliver me, * for I do not forget thy law.
    154 Avenge thou my cause, and deliver me; * quicken me according to thy word.
    155 Health is far from the ungodly; * for they regard not thy statutes.
    156 Great is thy mercy, O LORD; * quicken me, as thou art wont.
    157 Many there are that trouble me, and persecute me; * yet do I not swerve from thy testimonies.
    158 It grieveth me when I see the transgressors; * because they keep not thy law.
    159 Consider, O LORD, how I love thy commandments; * O quicken me, according to thy loving-kindness.
    160 Thy word is true from everlasting; * all the judgments of thy righteousness endure for evermore.

XXI. Principes persecuti sunt.

PRINCES have persecuted me without a cause; * but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
    162 I am as glad of thy word, * as one that findeth great spoils.
    163 As for lies, I hate and abhor them; * but thy law do I love.
    164 Seven times a day do I praise thee; * because of thy righteous judgments.

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    149 ... quicken me, according as thou art wont. until 1928

    165 Great is the peace that they have who love thy law; * and they have none occasion of stumbling.
    166 LORD, I have looked for thy saving health, * and done after thy commandments.
    167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies, * and loved them exceedingly.
    168 I have kept thy commandments and testimonies; * for all my ways are before thee.

XXII. Appropinquet deprecatio.

LET my complaint come before thee, O LORD; * give me understanding according to thy word.
    170 Let my supplication come before thee; * deliver me according to thy word.
    171 My lips shall speak of thy praise, * when thou hast taught me thy statutes.
    172 Yea, my tongue shall sing of thy word; * for all thy commandments are righteous.
    173 Let thine hand help me; * for I have chosen thy commandments.
    174 I have longed for thy saving health, O LORD; * and in thy law is my delight.
    175 O let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; * and thy judgments shall help me.
    176 I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost; * O seek thy servant, for I do not forget thy commandments.

The Twenty-seventh Day.

Morning Prayer.

Psalm 120. Ad Dominum.

WHEN I was in trouble, I called upon the LORD, * and he heard me.
    2 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, * and from a deceitful tongue.
    3 What reward shall be given or done unto thee, thou false tongue? * even mighty and sharp arrows, with hot burning coals.

    165 ... and they are not offended at it. until 1928
    4 Woe is me, that I am constrained to dwell with Meshech1, * and to have my habitation among the tents of Kedar!
    5 My soul hath long dwelt among them * that are enemies unto peace.
    6 I labour for peace; but when I speak unto them thereof, * they make them ready to battle.
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 Psalm 121. Levavi oculos.

I WILL lift up mine eyes unto the hills; * from whence cometh my help?1
    2 My help cometh even from the LORD, * who hath made heaven and earth.
    3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; * and he that keepeth thee will not sleep.
    4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel * shall neither slumber nor sleep.
    5 The LORD himself is thy keeper; * the LORD is thy defence upon thy right hand; 6 So that the sun shall not burn thee by day, * neither the moon by night.
    7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil; * yea, it is even he that shall keep thy soul.
    8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out, and thy coming in, * from this time forth for evermore.

Psalm 122. Lætatus sum.

I WAS glad when they said unto me, * We will go into the house of the LORD.
    2 Our feet shall stand in thy gates, * O Jerusalem.
    3 Jerusalem is built as a city * that is at unity in itself.
    4 For thither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the LORD, * to testify unto Israel, to give thanks unto the Name of the LORD.
    5 For there is the seat of judgment, * even the seat of the house of David.
    6 O pray for the peace of Jerusalem; * they shall prosper that love thee.
    7 Peace be within thy walls, * and plenteousness within thy palaces.
    8 For my brethren and companions' sakes, * I will wish thee prosperity.
    9 Yea, because of the house of the LORD our God, * I will seek to do thee good.

Psalm 123. Ad te levavi oculos meos.

UNTO thee lift I up mine eyes, * O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
    2 Behold, even as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress, * even so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until he have mercy upon us.
    3 Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us; * for we are utterly despised.
    4 Our soul is filled with the scornful reproof of the wealthy, * and with the despitefulness of the proud.

Psalm 124. Nisi quia Dominus.

IF the LORD himself had not been on our side, now may Israel say; * if the LORD himself had not been on our side, when men rose up against us;

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    2 They had swallowed us up alive1; * when they were so wrathfully displeased at us.
    3 Yea, the waters had drowned us, * and the stream had gone over our soul.
    4 The deep waters of the proud * had gone even over our soul.
    5 But praised be the LORD, * who hath not given us over for a prey unto their teeth.
    6 Our soul is escaped even as a bird out of the snare of the fowler; * the snare is broken, and we are delivered.
    7 Our help standeth in the Name of the LORD, * who hath made heaven and earth.

Psalm 125. Qui confidunt.

THEY that put their trust in the LORD shall be even as the mount Sion, * which may not be removed, but standeth fast for ever.
    2 The hills stand about Jerusalem; * even so standeth the LORD round about his people, from this time forth for evermore.

1 quick until 1928

    3 For the sceptre of the ungodly shall not abide upon the lot of the righteous; * lest the righteous put their hand unto wickedness.
    4 Do well, O LORD, * unto those that are good and true of heart.
    5 As for such as turn back unto their own wickedness, * the LORD shall lead them forth with the evil doers; but peace shall be upon Israel.

Evening Prayer.

Psalm 126. In convertendo.

WHEN the LORD turned again the captivity of Sion, * then were we like unto them that dream.
    2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, * and our tongue with joy.
    3 Then said they among the heathen, * The LORD hath done great things for them.
    4 Yea, the LORD hath done great things for us already; * whereof we rejoice.
    5 Turn our captivity, O LORD, * as the rivers in the south.
    6 They that sow in tears * shall reap in joy.
    7 He that now goeth on his way weeping, and beareth forth good seed, * shall doubtless come again with joy, and bring his sheaves with him.

Psalm 127. Nisi Dominus.

EXCEPT the LORD build the house, * their labour is but lost that build it.
    2 Except the LORD keep the city, * the watchman waketh but in vain.
    3 It is but lost labour that ye haste to rise up early, and so late take rest, and eat the bread of carefulness; * for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
    4 Lo, children, and the fruit of the womb, * are an heritage and gift that cometh of the LORD.
    5 Like as the arrows in the hand of the giant, * even so are the young children.
    6 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; * they shall not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Psalm 128. Beati omnes.

BLESSED are all they that fear the LORD, * and walk in his ways.

    3. For the rod of the ungodly cometh not into the lot of the righteous : ... until 1928
    2 For thou shalt eat the labours1 of thine hands: * O well is thee, and happy shalt thou be.
    3 Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine * upon the walls of thine house;
    4 Thy children like the olive-branches * round about thy table.
    5 Lo, thus shall the man be blessed * that feareth the LORD.
    6 The LORD from out of Sion shall so bless thee, * that thou shalt see Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long;
    7 Yea, that thou shalt see thy children's children, * and peace upon Israel.

Psalm 129. Sæpe expugnaverunt.

MANY a time have they fought against me from my youth up, * may Israel now say;
    2 Yea, many a time have they vexed me from my youth up; * but they have not prevailed against me.
    3 The plowers plowed upon my back, * and made long furrows.
    4 But the righteous LORD * hath hewn the snares of the ungodly in pieces.
    5 Let them be confounded and turned backward, * as many as have evil will at Sion.

1 labour in 1789 Book

    6 Let them be even as the grass upon the housetops, * which withereth afore it be grown up;
    7 Whereof the mower filleth not his hand, * neither he that bindeth up the sheaves his bosom.
    8 So that they who go by say not so much as, The LORD prosper you; * we wish you good luck in the Name of the LORD.

Psalm 130. De profundis.

OUT of the deep have I called unto thee, O LORD; * Lord, hear my voice.
    2 O let thine ears consider well * the voice of my complaint.
    3 If thou, LORD, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss, * O Lord, who may abide it?
    4 For there is mercy with thee; * therefore shalt thou be feared.
    5 I look for the LORD; my soul doth wait for him; * in his word is my trust.

    6. Let them be even as the grass growing upon the house-tops : which withereth afore it be plucked up; until 1928
    6 My soul fleeth unto the Lord before the morning watch; * I say, before the morning watch.
    7 O Israel, trust in the LORD; for with the LORD there is mercy, * and with him is plenteous redemption.
    8 And he shall redeem Israel * from all his sins.

Psalm 131. Domine, non est.

LORD, I am not high-minded; * I have no proud looks.
    2 I do not exercise myself in great matters * which are too high for me.
    3 But I refrain my soul, and keep it low, like as a child that is weaned from his mother: * yea, my soul is even as a weaned child.
    4 O Israel, trust in the LORD * from this time forth for evermore.

The Twenty-eighth Day.

Morning Prayer.

Psalm 132. Memento, Domine.

LORD, remember David, * and all his trouble:
    2 How he sware unto the LORD, * and vowed a vow unto the Almighty God of Jacob:
    3 I will not come within the tabernacle of mine house, * nor climb up into my bed;
    4 I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep, nor mine eyelids to slumber; * neither the temples of my head to take any rest;
    5 Until I find out a place for the temple of the LORD; * an habitation for the Mighty God of Jacob.

    6. My soul fleeth unto the Lord : before the morning
watch, I say, ... until 1928
    6 Lo, we heard of the same at Ephratah1, * and found it in the wood.
    7 We will go into his tabernacle, * and fall low on our knees before his footstool.
    8 Arise, O LORD, into thy resting-place; * thou, and the ark of thy strength.
    9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; * and let thy saints sing with joyfulness.
1 Ephrata until 1928
    10 For thy servant David's sake, * turn not away the face of thine anointed.
    11 The LORD hath made a faithful oath unto David, * and he shall not shrink from it:
    10 ... thurn not away the presence of thine anointed. until 1928
    12 Of the fruit of thy body * shall I set upon thy throne2.
    13 If thy children will keep my covenant, and my testimonies that I shall teach them; * their children also shall sit upon thy throne2 for evermore.
    14 For the LORD hath chosen Sion to be an habitation for himself; * he hath longed for her.
    15 This shall be my rest for ever: * here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein.
    16 I will bless her victuals with increase, * and will satisfy her poor with bread.
    17 I will deck her priests with health, * and her saints shall rejoice and sing.
    18 There shall I make the horn of David to flourish: * I have ordained a lantern for mine anointed.
    19 As for his enemies, I shall clothe them with shame; * but upon himself shall his crown flourish.



2 seat until 1928

Psalm 133. Ecce, quam bonum!

BEHOLD, how good and joyful a thing it is, * for brethren to dwell together in unity!
    2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, that ran down unto the beard, * even unto Aaron's beard, and went down to the skirts of his clothing.
    3 Like as the dew of Hermon, * which fell upon the hill of Sion.
    4 For there the LORD promised his blessing, * and life for evermore.

Psalm 134. Ecce nunc.

BEHOLD now, praise the LORD, * all ye servants of the LORD;
    2 Ye that by night stand in the house of the LORD, * even in the courts of the house of our God.
    3 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, * and praise the LORD.
    4 The LORD that made heaven and earth * give thee blessing out of Sion.

Psalm 135. Laudate Nomen.

O PRAISE the LORD, laud ye the Name of the LORD; * praise it, O ye servants of the LORD;
    2 Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, * in the courts of the house of our God.
    3 O praise the LORD, for the LORD is gracious; * O sing praises unto his Name, for it is lovely.
    4 For why? the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, * and Israel for his own possession.
    5 For I know that the LORD is great, * and that our Lord is above all gods.


   ... it is : brethren to dwell ... in 1892 Book
   ... it is, brethren, to dwell ... until 1892

    6 Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth; * and1 in the sea, and in all deep places.
    7 He bringeth forth the clouds from the ends of the world, * and sendeth forth lightnings with the rain, bringing the winds out of his treasuries.
    8 He smote the firstborn of Egypt, * both of man and beast.
    9 He hath sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O thou land of Egypt; * upon Pharaoh, and all his servants.
    10 He smote divers nations, * and slew mighty kings:
1 and  added in 1871

    11 Sihon2, king of the Amorites; and Og, the king of Bashan3; * and all the kingdoms of Canaan;
    12 And gave their land to be an heritage, * even an heritage unto Israel his people.
    13 Thy Name, O LORD, endureth for ever; * so doth thy memorial, O LORD, from one generation to another.
    14 For the LORD will avenge his people, * and be gracious unto his servants.
    15 As for the images of the heathen, they are but silver and gold; * the work of men's hands.
    16 They have mouths, and speak not; * eyes have they, but they see not.
    17 They have ears, and yet they hear not; * neither is there any breath in their mouths.
    18 They that make them are like unto them; * and so are all they that put their trust in them.
    19 Praise the LORD, ye house of Israel; * praise the LORD, ye house of Aaron.
    20 Praise the LORD, ye house of Levi; * ye that fear the LORD, praise the LORD.
    21 Praised be the LORD out of Sion, * who dwelleth at Jerusalem.

Evening Prayer.

Psalm 136. Confitemini.

O GIVE thanks unto the LORD, for he is gracious: * and his mercy endureth for ever.
    2 O give thanks unto the God of all gods: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
    3 O thank the LORD of all lords: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
    4 Who only doeth great wonders: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
    5 Who by his excellent wisdom made the heavens: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
    6 Who laid out the earth above the waters: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
    7 Who hath made great lights: * for his mercy endureth for ever:
    8 The sun to rule the day: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
    9 The moon and the stars to govern the night: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
    10 Who smote Egypt, with their firstborn: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
    11 And brought out Israel from among them: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
    12 With a mighty hand and stretched-out arm: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
    13 Who divided the Red Sea in two parts: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
    14 And made Israel to go through the midst of it: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
    15 But as for Pharaoh and his host, he overthrew them in the Red Sea: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
    16 Who led his people through the wilderness: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
    17 Who smote great kings: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
    18 Yea, and slew mighty kings: * for his mercy endureth for ever:

2 Sehon until 1928
3 Basan until 1928

    19 Sihon1, king of the Amorites: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
    20 And Og, the king of Bashan2: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
    21 And gave away their land for an heritage: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
    22 Even for an heritage unto Israel his servant: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
    23 Who remembered us when we were in trouble: * for his mercy endureth for ever;
    24 And hath delivered us from our enemies: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
    25 Who giveth food to all flesh: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
    26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: * for his mercy endureth for ever.
    27 O give thanks unto the Lord of lords: * for his mercy endureth for ever.

Psalm 137. Super flumina.

BY the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, * when we remembered thee, O Sion.
    2 As for our harps, we hanged them up * upon the trees that are therein.
    3 For they that led us away captive, required of us then a song, and melody in our heaviness: * Sing us one of the songs of Sion.
    4 How shall we sing the LORD’S song * in a strange land?
    5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, * let my right hand forget her cunning.

1 Sehon until 1928

2 Basan until 1928

    6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; * yea, if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

    7 Remember the children of Edom, O LORD, in the day of Jerusalem; * how they said, Down with it, down with it, even to the ground.
    8 O daughter of Babylon, wasted with misery; * yea, happy shall he be that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
    9 Blessed shall he be that taketh thy children, * and throweth them against the stones.

Psalm 138. Confitebor tibi.

I WILL give thanks unto thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; * even before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
    2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy Name, because of thy loving-kindness and truth; * for thou hast magnified thy Name, and thy word, above all things.
    3 When I called upon thee, thou heardest me; * and enduedst my soul with much strength.
    4 All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD; * for they have heard the words of thy mouth.

    6 ... Jerusalem in my mirth until 1928

    5 Yea, they shall sing of1 the ways of the LORD, * that great is the glory of the LORD.
    6 For though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly; * as for the proud, he beholdeth them afar off.
    7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, yet shalt thou refresh me; * thou shalt stretch forth thy hand upon the furiousness of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
    8 The LORD shall make good his loving-kindness toward me; * yea, thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever; despise not then the works of thine own hands.

The Twenty-ninth Day.

Morning Prayer.

Psalm 139. Domine, probasti.

O LORD, thou hast searched me out, and known me. * Thou knowest my down-sitting, and mine uprising; thou understandest my thoughts long before.

1 in in the 1892 Book
    2 Thou art about my path, and about my bed; * and art acquainted with all my ways.
    3 For lo, there is not a word in my tongue, * but thou, O LORD, knowest it altogether.
    2 ... : and spiest out all my ways. until 1928
    4 Thou hast beset1 me behind and before, * and laid thine hand upon me.
    5 Such knowledge is too wonderful and excellent for me; * I cannot attain unto it.
    6 Whither shall I go then from thy Spirit? * or whither shall I go then from thy presence?
    7 If I climb up into heaven, thou art there; * if I go down to hell, thou art there also.
    8 If I take the wings of the morning, * and remain in the uttermost parts of the sea;
    9 Even there also shall thy hand lead me, * and thy right hand shall hold me.
    10 If I say, Peradventure the darkness shall cover me; * then shall my night be turned to day.
    11 Yea, the darkness is no darkness with thee, but the night is as clear as the day; * the darkness and light to thee are both alike.
    12 For my reins are thine; * thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
    13 I will give thanks unto thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: * marvellous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well.
    14 My bones are not hid from thee, * though I be made secretly, and fashioned beneath in the earth.
    15 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; * and in thy book were all my members written;
    16 Which day by day were fashioned, * when as yet there was none of them.

    17 How dear are thy counsels unto me, O God; * O how great is the sum of them!
    18 If I tell them, they are more in number than the sand: * when I wake up, I am present with thee.
    19 Wilt thou not slay the wicked, O God? * Depart from me, ye blood-thirsty men.
    20 For they speak unrighteously against thee; * and thine enemies take thy Name in vain.
    21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? * and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
    22 Yea, I hate them right sore; * even as though they were mine enemies.
    23 Try me, O God, and seek the ground of my heart; * prove me, and examine my thoughts.
    24 Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me; * and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 140. Eripe me, Domine.

DELIVER me, O LORD, from the evil man; * and preserve me from the wicked man;
    2 Who imagine mischief in their hearts, * and stir up strife all the day long.
    3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; * adder's poison is under their lips.
    4 Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the ungodly; * preserve me from the wicked men, who are purposed to overthrow my goings.
    5 The proud have laid a snare for me, and spread a net abroad with cords; * yea, and set traps in my way.
    6 I said unto the LORD, Thou art my God, * hear the voice of my prayers, O LORD.
    7 O LORD God, thou strength of my health; * thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
    8 Let not the ungodly have his desire, O LORD; * let not his mischievous imagination prosper, lest they be too proud.
    9 Let the mischief of their own lips fall upon the head of them * that compass me about.
    10 Let hot burning coals fall upon them; * let them be cast into the fire, and into the pit, that they never rise up again.
    11 A man full of words shall not prosper upon the earth: * evil shall hunt the wicked person to overthrow him.
    12 Sure I am that the LORD will avenge the poor, * and maintain the cause of the helpless.
    13 The righteous also shall give thanks unto thy Name; * and the just shall continue in thy sight.

Evening Prayer.

Psalm 141. Domine, clamavi.

LORD, I call upon thee; haste thee unto me, * and consider my voice, when I cry unto thee.
    2 Let my prayer be set forth in thy sight as the incense; * and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.
    3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth, * and keep the door of my lips.

1 fashioned until 1928

    4 O let not mine heart be inclined to any evil thing; * let me not be occupied in ungodly works with the men that work wickedness, neither let me eat of such things as please them.
    5 Let the righteous rather smite me friendly, and reprove me; * yea, let not my head refuse their precious balms.
    6 As for the ungodly, * I will pray yet against their wickedness.
    7 Let their judges be overthrown in stony places, * that they may hear my words; for they are sweet.
    8 Our bones lie scattered before the pit, * like as when one breaketh and heweth wood upon the earth.
    9 But mine eyes look unto thee, O LORD God; * in thee is my trust; O cast not out my soul.
    10 Keep me from the snare that they have laid for me, * and from the traps of the wicked doers.
    11 Let the ungodly fall into their own nets together, * and let me ever escape them.

Psalm 142. Voce mea ad Dominum.

I CRIED unto the LORD with my voice; * yea, even unto the LORD did I make my supplication.
    2 I poured out my complaints before him, * and showed him of my trouble.
    3 When my spirit was in heaviness, thou knewest my path; * in the way wherein I walked, have they privily laid a snare for me.
    4 I looked also upon my right hand, * and saw there was no man that would know me.
    5 I had no place to flee unto, * and no man cared for my soul.
    6 I cried unto thee, O LORD, and said, * Thou art my hope, and my portion in the land of the living.
    7 Consider my complaint; * for I am brought very low.
    8 O deliver me from my persecutors; * for they are too strong for me.
    9 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks unto thy Name; * which thing if thou wilt grant me, then shall the righteous resort unto my company.

Psalm 143. Domine, exaudi.

HEAR my prayer, O LORD, and consider my desire; * hearken unto me for thy truth and righteousness' sake.
    2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant; * for in thy sight shall no man living be justified.
    3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; * he hath laid me in the darkness, as the men that have been long dead.
    4 Therefore is my spirit vexed within me, * and my heart within me is desolate.
    5 Yet do I remember the time past; I muse upon all thy works; * yea, I exercise myself in the works of thy hands.
    6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee; * my soul gaspeth unto thee as a thirsty land.
    7 Hear me, O LORD, and that soon; for my spirit waxeth faint: * hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
    8 O let me hear thy loving-kindness betimes in the morning; for in thee is my trust: * show thou me the way that I should walk in; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
    9 Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies; * for I flee unto thee to hide me.
    10 Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth thee; for thou art my God: * let thy loving Spirit lead me forth into the land of righteousness.
    11 Quicken me, O LORD, for thy Name's sake; * and for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.
    12 And of thy goodness slay mine enemies, * and destroy all them that vex my soul; for I am thy servant.

The Thirtieth Day

Morning Prayer

Psalm 144. Benedictus Dominus.

BLESSED be the LORD my strength, * who teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:
    2 My hope and my fortress, my castle and deliverer, my defender in whom I trust; * who subdueth my people that is under me.
    3 LORD, what is man, that thou hast such respect unto him? * or the son of man, that thou so regardest him?
    4 Man is like a thing of nought; * his time passeth away like a shadow.
    5 Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down; * touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
    6 Cast forth thy lightning, and tear them; * shoot out thine arrows, and consume them.

    4. ... that work wickedness, lest I eat of such things as please them.
    5. Let the righteous rather smite me friendly : and reprove me.
    6. But let not their precious balms break my head : yea, I will pray yet against their wickedness. until 1928
    7 Send down thine hand from above; * deliver me, and take me out of the great waters, from the hand of strangers1;
    8 Whose mouth talketh of vanity, * and their right hand is a right hand of wickedness.
    9 I will sing a new song unto thee, O God; * and sing praises unto thee upon a ten-stringed lute.
    10 Thou hast given victory unto kings, * and hast delivered David thy servant from the peril of the sword.


1 strange children until 1928

    11 Save me, and deliver me from the hand of strangers1, * whose mouth talketh of vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of iniquity:
    12 That our sons may grow up as the young plants, * and that our daughters may be as the polished corners of the temple;
    13 That our garners may be full and plenteous with all manner of store; * that our sheep may bring forth thousands, and ten thousands in our fields;
    14 That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no decay, * no leading into captivity, and no complaining in our streets.
    15 Happy are the people that are in such a case; * yea, blessed are the people who have the LORD for their God.

Psalm 145. Exaltabo te, Deus.

I WILL magnify thee, O God, my King; * and I will praise thy Name for ever and ever.
    2 Every day will I give thanks unto thee; * and praise thy Name for ever and ever.
    3 Great is the LORD, and marvellous worthy to be praised; * there is no end of his greatness.
    4 One generation shall praise thy works unto another, * and declare thy power.
    5 As for me, I will be talking of thy worship, * thy glory, thy praise, and wondrous works;
    6 So that men shall speak of the might of thy marvellous acts; * and I will also tell of thy greatness.
    7 The memorial of thine abundant kindness shall be showed; * and men shall sing of thy righteousness.
    8 The LORD is gracious and merciful; * long-suffering, and of great goodness.
    9 The LORD is loving unto every man; * and his mercy is over all his works.
    10 All thy works praise thee, O LORD; * and thy saints give thanks unto thee.
    11 They show the glory of thy kingdom, * and talk of thy power;
    12 That thy power, thy glory, and mightiness of thy kingdom, * might be known unto men.
    13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, * and thy dominion endureth throughout all ages.
    14 The LORD upholdeth all such as fall, * and lifteth up all those that are down.
    15 The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord; * and thou givest them their meat in due season.
    16 Thou openest thine hand, * and fillest all things living with plenteousness.
    17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, * and holy in all his works.
    18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him; * yea, all such as call upon him faithfully.
    19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him; * he also will hear their cry, and will help them.
    20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him; * but scattereth abroad all the ungodly.
    21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD; * and let all flesh give thanks unto his holy Name for ever and ever.

Psalm 146. Lauda, anima mea.

PRAISE the LORD, O my soul: while I live, will I praise the LORD; * yea, as long as I have any being, I will sing praises unto my God.
    2 O put not your trust in princes, nor in any child of man; * for there is no help in them.
    3 For when the breath of man goeth forth, he shall turn again to his earth, * and then all his thoughts perish.
    4 Blessed is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, * and whose hope is in the LORD his God:
    5 Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that therein is; * who keepeth his promise for ever;
    6 Who helpeth them to right that suffer wrong; * who feedeth the hungry.
    7 The LORD looseth men out of prison; * the LORD giveth sight to the blind.
    8 The LORD helpeth them that are fallen; * the LORD careth for the righteous.
    9 The LORD careth for the strangers; he defendeth the fatherless and widow: * as for the way of the ungodly, he turneth it upside down.
    10 The LORD thy God, O Sion, shall be King for evermore, * and throughout all generations.

Evening Prayer

Psalm 147. Laudate Dominum.

PRAISE the LORD, for it is a good thing to sing praises unto our God; * yea, a joyful and pleasant thing it is to be thankful.
    2 The LORD doth build up Jerusalem, * and gather together the outcasts of Israel.
    3 He healeth those that are broken in heart, * and giveth medicine to heal their sickness.
    4 He telleth the number of the stars, * and calleth them all by their names.
    5 Great is our Lord, and great is his power; * yea, and his wisdom is infinite.
    6 The LORD setteth up the meek, * and bringeth the ungodly down to the ground.
    7 O sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; * sing praises upon the harp unto our God:
    8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth; * and maketh the grass to grow upon the mountains, and herb for the use of men;
    9 Who giveth fodder unto the cattle, * and feedeth the young ravens that call upon him.
    10 He hath no pleasure in the strength of an horse; * neither delighteth he in any man's legs.
    11 But the LORD’S delight is in them that fear him, * and put their trust in his mercy.
    12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; * praise thy God, O Sion.
    13 For he hath made fast the bars of thy gates, * and hath blessed thy children within thee.
    14 He maketh peace in thy borders, * and filleth thee with the flour of wheat.
    15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth, * and his word runneth very swiftly.
    16 He giveth snow like wool, * and scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
    17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: * who is able to abide his frost?
    18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: * he bloweth with his wind, and the waters flow.
    19 He showeth his word unto Jacob, * his statutes and ordinances unto Israel.
    20 He hath not dealt so with any nation; * neither have the heathen knowledge of his laws.

1 strange children until 1928
Psalm 148. Laudate Dominum.

O PRAISE the LORD from the heavens: * praise him in the heights.
    2 Praise him, all ye angels of his: * praise him, all his host1.
    3 Praise him, sun and moon: * praise him, all ye stars and light.
    4 Praise him, all ye heavens, * and ye waters that are above the heavens.
    5 Let them praise the Name of the LORD: * for he spake the word, and they were made; he commanded, and they were created.
    6 He hath made them fast for ever and ever: * he hath given them a law which shall not be broken.


O PRAISE the LORD of heaven : praise him in the height. until 1928
1 hosts 1822-1892

    7 Praise the LORD from the earth, * ye dragons and all deeps;
    8 Fire and hail, snow and vapours, * wind and storm, fulfilling his word;
    9 Mountains and all hills; * fruitful trees and all cedars;
    7 Praise the LORD upon earth : ... until 1928

    10 Beasts and all cattle; * creeping things and flying fowls;
    11 Kings of the earth, and all peoples2; * princes, and all judges of the world;
    12 Young men and maidens, old men and children, praise the Name of the LORD: * for his Name only is excellent, and his praise above heaven and earth.
    13 He shall exalt the horn of his people: all his saints shall praise him; * even the children of Israel, even the people that serveth him.

Psalm 149. Cantate Domino.

O SING unto the LORD a new song; * let the congregation of saints praise him.
    2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him, * and let the children of Sion be joyful in their King.
    3 Let them praise his Name in the dance: * let them sing praises unto him with tabret and harp.
    4 For the LORD hath pleasure in his people, * and helpeth the meek-hearted.
    5 Let the saints be joyful with glory; * let them rejoice in their beds.
    6 Let the praises of God be in their mouth; * and a two-edged sword in their hands;

    10 Beasts and all cattle : worms and feathered fowls; until 1928
2 people until 1928
    7 To be avenged of the nations1, * and to rebuke the peoples;
    8 To bind their kings in chains, * and their nobles with links of iron;
    9 To execute judgment upon them; as it is written, * Such honour have all his saints.
1 heathen until 1928
    9. That they may be avenged of them, as it is ... until 1928
Psalm 150. Laudate Dominum.

O PRAISE God in his sanctuary1: * praise him in the firmament of his power.
    2 Praise him in his noble acts: * praise him according to his excellent greatness.
    3 Praise him in the sound of the trumpet: * praise him upon the lute and harp.


1 holiness until 1928

    4 Praise him in the timbrels2 and dances: * praise him upon the strings and pipe.
    5 Praise him upon the well-tuned cymbals: * praise him upon the loud cymbals.
    6 Let every thing that hath breath * praise the LORD.

The End of the Psalter.

2 cymbals until 1928


Psalms 1-50; 51-100
Return to the U. S. Book of Common Prayer: 1789; 1892; 1928

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